Although earlier versions of Windows have come with recorder software, people have been seldom using it because of its single function, limited recording time, no support for editing, and even less ability to share audio directly. Now, Windows 10 brings a new recording application for everyone, which breaks through the above bottleneck and can meet everyone’s basic needs for audio recording and processing on a daily basis.
1. Easy to call out recording devices for easy setup
When you call “Recording” in Cortana, the “Recorder” app will automatically appear in the search results, and you can launch the Recorder app by clicking it. If the microphone option is not enabled for privacy reasons, the Recorder app will remind us to set the microphone. In this case, instead of looking for the microphone setting in the system settings, you can directly click the three-dot button at the bottom right corner of the Recorder app, and then click the “Settings” item, and the “Microphone Settings” link will appear in the pop-up panel.
When prompted whether to switch applications, click “Yes” to enter the system microphone settings window (Figure 2).
First of all, turn on the general option for the microphone and put the “Allow applications to use my microphone” switch to “On” (Figure 3). After that, turn on the switches that require the use of the microphone in the application in the list below (Figure 4).
2. No longer limited by long and short audio in one go
After the microphone setting is finished, go back to the microphone application window, a microphone icon will appear in the middle of the window, click this icon directly with the mouse or press the Ctrl+R key combination to start recording (Figure 5).
During recording, press the small flag icon button (or use the Ctrl+M key combination) to add a recording time marker; press the Pause button to abort the recording, and press this button again when you need to continue (Figure 6).
When you want to stop recording, press the Stop Recording button in the middle to end the recording process. The recorded files are automatically saved in the “Recordings” subfolder of the system’s “Documents” folder, and the recording files are automatically named by the software as “Recordings” plus a numeric serial number with the extension .m4a.
Tip: Each recording marker is represented by a small flag and a point in time, corresponding to a certain audio point in time. If you have some very important time points in your audio, you can use such flags to handle them. In this way, when playing in this software, you can quickly cut to a specific scene by the time point markers. 3.
3. Play rename without returning to file manager
Once the recording of the first audio file is completed, the recording window becomes enriched (Figure 7).
In the left pane, a list of recorded files appears, and the record button is placed at the bottom of this pane. When a recorded file is selected, the right pane changes to a playback window, and you can control the playback progress of the recorded file by clicking the Play or Pause button in the middle. In addition, you can also control the playback of a file by dragging the playback progress bar.
The name of the recorded file is internal to the system and may not meet the user’s needs. Therefore, if you need to give a personalized name to the recording file, you can use the pen-shaped button at the bottom right corner of the software window to rename the recording file. Of course, you can also directly right-click on the file name in the list, and then choose “Rename”. 4.
4. Edit and share without borrowing third-party tools
Inevitably, there will be some redundant clips in the recording files that need to be cleaned up, or sometimes you need to edit out the clips in the recording files for use. In this case, we need to be able to edit the audio files. In the past, we mostly use third-party audio processing software to handle these audio files. Now, in the Windows 10 Recording app window, we can do this easily. Once the audio is recorded, select the file you want to process in the audio file list pane on the left, then select the “Crop” button from the toolbar at the bottom of the right pane, drag the two black sliding marks on the progress bar to specify the start and end positions of the audio clip, and finally click the checkmark button to select “Save as Copy” or overwrite the original audio file with the same name to complete the audio editing task (Figure 7).
If you want to share the recording file to others, just select the recording file in the list, click the “Share” button at the bottom of the right pane of the software, and then select the application you want to use to send the file in the sharing window (e.g. send it by “Mail”, or send it online instantly with Skype software). Then, select the application you want to use to send the file in the sharing window (e.g., send it by email, or send it online instantly with Skype), and you can share the audio.
Tip: To get the recorded audio files, in addition to the “Documents” folder mentioned above, a more convenient way is to directly right-click on the recording file list of the recording software and select the “Open File Location” command or click the three-dot button at the bottom right corner of the software and select the “Open File Location” command in the menu to go directly to the folder where the files are stored.